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Please note: when citing to my work please use my both last names, either as Villamizar Chaparro or Villamizar-Chaparro.

Book Chapters

  • Hoyos, C and Villamizar Chaparro, M (2019) The Implementation of the Peace Accords in Congress: A legislative balance during 2017. In Excombatientes y acuerdo de paz con las FARC-EP en Colombia, edited by Rettberg, A, and McFee, E. (Link to book here).

  • Echeverri Pineda, C and Villamizar Chaparro, M (2018) Representation and Political Participation of the Afro-Colombian Population: 2014 Elections and Black Legislators. In Polarización y posconflicto las elecciones nacionales y locales en Colombia, 2014-2017, edited by Botero, F, García Sánchez, M and Wills-Otero, L. (Link to book here).
  • Villamizar-Chaparro, M and Echeverri-Pineda, C (2022) Blank votes and black organizations: explaining participation in the Afro-Colombian ethnic districts. In En reconfiguración permanente: partidos y elecciones nacionales y subnacionales en Colombia 2018-2019, edited by Botero, F; Ortega Gómez, Viviana; Pino, Juan Federico and Wills, L. (Link to book here)

Working Papers

  • The Effect of COVID-19 and Economic Stimulus on Food Security with Timothy R. McDade, Molly Jacobs, and Michelle Corea.Under Review

  • Precarity, and Preferences for Redistribution in Weak States: Evidence from the Philippines with Dean Dulay and Janica Magat Working Paper

    Abstract: The positive relationship between economic precarity and increased preferences for redistribution is well-established in a large literature focusing on the Global North. However, existing scholarship finds no relationship between precarity and redistribution in the Global South; the underlying reasons remain unclear. Moreover, existing papers conflate precarity and informality, thus confounding the interpretation of these results. We conducted a priming experiment and leveraged the COVID-19 pandemic to randomly vary perceptions of economic precarity for 1,526 individuals in Metro Manila, Philippines. We show that precarity is not correlated with increased demand for redistribution, but is correlated with a preference for non-contributory social assistance spending over contributory social insurance spending. This result is driven by the formal sector, suggesting that precarity does engender different views about redistribution among individuals with exposure to different social spending policies.

  • Types of Corruption and Public Support for Corrupt Politicians: Experimental Evidence from the Philippines with Dean Dulay and Janica Magat Working Paper

    Abstract: Political corruption diminishes democratic accountability and leads to economic inefficiencies, yet voters all over the world vote for corrupt politicians. What explains this phenomenon? This letter argues that corruption takes different forms and, in turn, has different effects on public support. We conduct a survey experiment on voters in the Philippines to examine how type of corruption affects their support for politicians. The results display a corruption ordering. Relative to no corruption, respondents who received the nepotism treatment are 21.6 percentage points less likely to vote for the mayor, respondents receiving the bribery treatment 35 p.p. less likely, and those receiving the theft treatment 50 p.p. less likely. These results are robust to a variety of alternative specifications and are consistent with theories of social distance and different norms and values as potential explanations. Our results suggest that type of corruption is a key determinant of corrupt politicians’ electoral success.

  • New Interests, New Measures, Old Problems: An Analysis of the Latent Dimension(s) of Democracy with Serkant Adiguzel, Scott de Marchi, Jeremy Springman and Erik Wibbels. Working Paper

  • Doves, Hawks, and Turnout: The Electoral Effects of Targeted Post-Conflict Political Violence with Gabriella Levy. Working Paper

    Abstract: What are the effects of violence against civic leaders and ex-combatants on electoral outcomes in unstable contexts emerging from conflict? Such individuals have been targeted in a range of countries, including Colombia and Afghanistan. Yet, existing research on wartime and electoral violence has rarely explored the killings of these non-combatants, who are neither regular people nor powerful politicians. Thus, we examine the relationship between 1) the deaths of social leaders and demobilized ex-combatants in Colombia following the 2016 peace agreement and 2) Colombian political participation and vote choice in 2018 and 2019 elections. Methodologically, we use a series of municipal level estimations followed by individual level regressions using DANE survey data from the Colombian government. Our results indicate that social leader and ex-combatant assassinations each reduce political engagement as well as support for the hawkish candidate. We also provide suggestive evidence that the assassinations not only reduce citizens’ perceptions of their personal security but also increase their belief in the value of violence and depress their satisfaction with the state of democracy in their country. These results suggest that, through their impact on electoral participation, vote choice, and public attitudes, the assassinations may have countervailing effects on national stability.

  • Between locals and migrants: Politicians and vote buying in Colombia Working Paper

    Abstract: The number of internal migrants in the developing world has been increasing as a result of climate change, violence and economic development. How do these flows of migrants affect vote-buying structures? Unlike their international counterparts, internal migrants still retain their right to vote and hence could be included in vote-buying schemes. This paper uses a formal model to analyze the decision a politician makes when allocating private benefits between migrants and natives. The model indicates that politicians will distribute private benefits to migrants when there is a low level of political competition. Using individual and municipal quantitative data from Colombia alongside qualitative work, I find that migrants engage less in vote-buying practices in more competitive environments. This result is most likely the effect of migrant turnout rather than issues with migrant voting registration. The results also show that vote-buying interactions between politicians and migrants are one shot leaving aside the idea of relational clientelism. Finally, political competition reduces the amount of private benefits distributed by local political machines. These findings complement the results from migrant integration into formal political settings as campaigns and candidacies.

    Displacing Slums: The Political, Economic and Spatial Determinants of Slum Evictions in Patna, India with Harlan Downs-Tepper and Emily K. Rains. Working Paper

    Abstract: Urban economic growth is often associated with transformation and beautification in the name of development. However, to build new roads or create green space, city planners transform the preexisting urban environment. This process creates winners and losers, and often involves the eviction and displacement of poor households. In this paper, we investigate how governments decide whom to displace, and whom to leave untouched, in the name of modernization. Drawing on a unique combination of pre-eviction surveys, post-eviction interviews, and novel geospatial data, we analyze the case of slums in Patna, Bihar, the capital of India’s poorest state. We find that evictions are negatively associated with the economic value of the areas where slums are situated, and, contrary to our expectations, that strong local political connectedness does not prevent eviction.

Work in Progress

  • Saludos a la bandera y la conexión electoral.
  • DDR and ex-combatant well-being with Javier Cardenas and Juan F. Tellez.
  • Property Rights and Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon with Marcelo Gonçalves and Sofía Calderón
  • District Selection and Racial Identity with Cristina Echeverri-Pineda

Policy Working papers

  • Forced Displacement of Migrants, Social Cohesion, and Political Engagement with Elaine K. Denny, David A. Dow and Gabriella Levy. World Bank Working Paper 10020

    Abstract: How does extortion experienced during the migration journey affect the civic engagement of deported migrants returned to their home country? More broadly, how does extortion affect political participation? We know very little about either the political behavior of returnees or about how coercive economic shocks experienced during migration affect subsequent levels of political participation. Furthermore, existing literature on how victimization affects political participation is inconclusive, particularly when combined with existing work on economic insecurity. Studying deported migrants and the quasi-random experience of extortion enables us to address the endogeneity that often confounds these analyses. This approach allows us to isolate the impact of extortion on political action from potentially confounding factors related to local security or corruption. Using a novel dataset from Guatemalan migrants returned to Guatemala by the U.S. government, we find that extortion has a direct, positive relationship with multiple forms of civic action, and that, at least in this context, the mobilizing effects of economic hardship outweigh the potentially demobilizing effects of fear of crime.

  • Why Student Aid Matters? Roadblocks to the Transition into Higher Education for Forced Migrants in Chile with Christian Blanco and Francisco Meneses. World Bank Working Paper 10104

    Abstract: Education is a powerful tool for social mobility and cultural integration. However, it is one of the largest hurdles for migrants—particularly for forcefully displaced migrants, given their more vulnerable condition and lack of resources to pay for private education. This paper explores educational gaps between migrants and natives in Chile, a country that provides free public education to newcomers. The paper analyzes an administrative data set that includes all students in the Chilean educational system and follows students from 2017 to 2018. Using a research discontinuity design around the cut-off for financial aid to tertiary education, this paper investigates whether access to financial aid generates incentives for forced migrants to enroll in tertiary education. This research confirms previous findings that show that migrants have lower advancement and enrollment rates than natives at every school level. Moreover, it f inds that financial aid applications constitute a major roadblock preventing migrant students from accessing higher education. Furthermore, the paper presents suggestive evidence showing that the interaction between the type of school (vocational vs. technical) and the migrant condition affects applications for financial aid.

  • The Human Cost of Deportation with Elaine K. Denny, David A. Dow, Diego Romero, Gabriella Levy, Juan F. Tellez, Weyne Pitts, Erik Wibbels, and Pamela Zabala.. Actualidad Política #19

Publications in other media

  • Levy, Tellez and Villamizar-Chaparro (2021, Dec. 1) Five years after Colombia’s peace deal, the FARC is no longer on U.S. terrorist group lists. (The Monkey Cage)
  • Denny, Dow, Ordoñez, Pitts, Romero, Tellez, Villamizar-Chaparro, Wibbels, and Zabala (2021, April 2) 4 things the Biden administration should pay attention to with the border crisis (Brookings: Future Development Blog)
  • Lebow, Villamizar-Chaparro and Wibbels (2021, Mar. 26) New survey highlights the unique challenges that Guatemalan deportees face with economic integration back home. (Vox LACEA)
  • Dow, Tellez, Villamizar-Chaparro and Wibbels (2021, Mar. 3) Biden wants to halt deportations. Here’s what happens when migrants are sent back. (The Monkey Cage)
  • Villamizar-Chaparro, M (2018) Editorial: Afro-Colombian Representation. (Boletín 12 Antioquia Visible)
  • Villamizar-Chaparro, M (2017, Nov 15) Rushing for Peace: The Fast-Track Mechanism in Colombia.(JIPS Blog)
  • Villamizar-Chaparro, M (2017, Sep 8) Conducting Fieldwork in Colombia’s Squatters. (JIPS Blog)
  • Villamizar-Chaparro, M. (2017, May 24) The Borders of Public Policy. (JIPS Blog)
  • Villamizar-Chaparro, M. (2015, June 5). Dilemas del autogobierno afro: El caso Palenque. (Cerosetenta)
  • Villamizar-Chaparro, M., Duque, C., & Martínez, P. (2014, Sep 12). ¿Jaque a la Circunscripción Afro? (Congreso Visible)
  • Aroca, María Paula & Villamizar-Chaparro, M. (2014, June 26). ¿La Paradoja del Mira? (Congreso Visible)
  • Villamizar-Chaparro, M. (2014, Mar 21). Y ¿Qué pasó con las circunscripciones especiales? (Congreso Visible)